College Counseling UPDATES

Dear UAS Students and Parents, 

Below is information on upcoming events and summer programs, as well a some resources on the college/university admissions process and IB guides for international students. If you have any questions, please contact Ms. Carolina Barajas, College Counselor, at or leave a comment at the bottom of the post.

Grade 11 Students, you all should have had your individual meeting with Ms. Barajas and Mrs. Zeina. If you missed your meeting, please visit the counselors to schedule an appointment. Remember to stay on track with your goals for end of year and start narrowing down your universities choices over the summer.  Also, don’t forget to work on your personal statement/essays for your university applications. Stay proactive and make the most of your summer!

Grade 11 Students, Ms. Barajas will be visiting your homeroom class to review Naviance Family Connection. This is a college and career readiness tool that you will be using during Grade 12 to keep track of your application deadlines and submit documents to universities. Please make sure that you bring your laptop to class on the date listed below.

  • Ms. Schirf Homeroom – Monday, May 15th
  • Ms. Raleigh Homeroom – Wednesday, May 17th
  • Ms. Davis-Featherstone Homeroom – Sunday, May 21st
  • Ms. Jebailey Homeroom – Monday, May 22nd
  • Mrs. Etemadi Homeroom – Thursday, May 25th

Upcoming Events

International Students Day Virtual College Fair is today, May 10th! Students register so you can join on May 10th to:

  • Connect with Cornell University, UCLA, UC Berkeley, NYU and 120+ other colleges and universities around the world
  • Qualify for a chance to win our $5,000 scholarship by visiting 5 college profile pages during the event
  • Watch live video webcasts and get advice directly from admissions officers, scholarship experts, and EducationUSA in live online chats

U.S. Selective Liberal Arts Colleges Presentation in Dubai, UAE

Join admission officers from three highly selective liberal arts colleges in the United States for a presentation and Q&A focused on liberal arts education. Amherst College, Claremont McKenna College (CMC), and Colby College invite you and your family to attend a special event where you will learn more about the benefits of a liberal arts and sciences education, discover what makes each college distinctive, and interact with admission officers from each school.

Monday, May 15, 2017, GEMS World Academy, Al Barsha South, Dubai, UAE

Program from 16:00-17:00. Must bring photo ID for admission. Upon arrival, please check in at the main front gate and then proceed to the Planetarium. You will have a chance to learn about some of the following topics:

• Characteristics of liberal arts colleges

• Differences between liberal arts colleges and research universities

• Value and outcomes of a liberal arts education

• Tips on the selective U.S. college admission process

• Specific information on each institution

Seating is limited to seventy participants, so we recommend that you pre-register online at 

Walk-ins are welcome up to capacity seating.

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Hale Education Group will be hosting a very special panel discussion on Saturday, May 13th at 2:00pm at the Meydan Hotel featuring Hale graduating seniors admitted to America’s most selective universities! Personally interact with students from British, IB, and American curriculum schools in the GCC who were accepted to Harvard, Stanford, Columbia, University of Pennsylvania, Dartmouth, and Tufts, among many other top schools.

The US admissions process is one of the most competitive in the world. Good grades and strong extracurricular involvements are no longer enough, especially for top universities, which are seeking candidates who show intellectual maturity, a commitment to their communities, and a well-rounded personality. With acceptance rates at historical lows, students cannot help but ask: what does it take? Get an insider’s, first-hand perspective on the US admissions process, and on what you need to do to make your profile stand out among an increasingly competitive applicant pool.

To RSVP send an email to with the number of people that will be attending the event.

There is a free resource available to help you with your search for international post-secondary/university opportunities!

The CIS University Connection Registry

You have the opportunity to share your information and contact details with over 500 CIS member universities and colleges around the globe. These are fully accredited universities and colleges that are actively seeking students with an international outlook. CIS Member Colleges and Universities recognise the unique intercultural competencies, skills and experiences of your students as well as the rigorous academic preparation and quality international education they have received. 

The Registry data is made available to CIS Higher Education Members to use in their admissions outreach. The data is provided sortable, based on individual student responses. All participating universities/colleges sign a statement that they will use contact details only to send their own information/materials.  

Students from all schools are eligible to participate. There is no cost for participating in the registry. 

Summer Programs

Are you a student interested in a career in healthcare? Premed Projects arranges medical work experience in UK hospitals, India hospitals and Thailand hospitals. Students join us for a 1 or 2-week hospital placement, shadowing doctors in a variety of hospital departments. During the week students stay in Premed Projects accommodation, fully supported by our comprehensive staff teams during your stay. Students are welcome to join us from all over the world, from the ages of 16 and older for an amazing week of hospital work experience and the perfect start to your future healthcare career. For more information, visit the website –

Interested in visiting universities this summer? GIS is offering university visits to USA, CANADA, UK and EUROPE. You can check out the selected universities and itineraries here:

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Recommended Resources

Weighing college choices? Here are three factors to consider

Video: College Admissions Q&A

Admissions officers from four schools demystified the college admissions process on Facebook Live.

IB Guides for International Students 

Guide for international students applying to Australia

Guide for international students applying to Canada

Guide for international students applying to Germany

Guide for international students applying to Hong Kong

Guide for international students applying to the Netherlands

Guide for international students applying to the UK

Guide for international students applying to the USA


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